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More suspects arrested with millions in fake US dollars in DCI weekend raids

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Saturday arrested nine people in Nairobi and recovered millions in fake United States Dollars.

The nine included seven foreign nationals from the DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Saturday arrests comes within 24 hours after more fake US currency was impounded in Kilimani, Nairobi and seven suspects also apprehended.

The suspects included one Congolese national, two Tanzanians, one Nigerian and three Kenyans.

Those arrested on Saturday in the Kilimani raid were identified as Bongo Ulerech, Olivier Mango, George Sr Gboe, Richard Kabasili, Egid Musolieva, Timothy Muhumuza, Brian Kimani and Ken Lugwili.

Those arrested on Saturday are Stephen Mark, Noah Amollo, Ian Otieno, Jotham Mugo, Joseph Majanga, Peter Otieno and Kevin Otieno.

According to the DCI, the operation was “intelligence driven.”

The DCI sleuths acted on intelligence reports and launched a sting operation in the area, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

“We arrested seven suspects and recovered millions of fake US Dollars after a sting operation in Kilimani area,” said the DCI.

This is the fifth major recovery of fake foreign currency by detectives in less than 12 months.

Last month, detectives recovered Sh1.2 billion in fake US dollars at the Barclays Bank Queensway branch in Nairobi.

The cash was found in a client’s safe deposit box by a team of officers from the DCI Flying Squad and the five suspects arrested and charged in court.

In another bust, detectives nabbed four Rwandan nationals and two Kenyans and recovered millions of fake US Dollars, Zambian Kwachas and more than 100 kilograms of fake gold nuggets.

On February, detectives recovered 75kgs of fake gold and Sh32 billion worth of fake notes.

Seven suspects were arraigned in Nairobi and are out on bail pending hearing and determination of the case.

In October 2018, police recovered billions of fake cash in foreign currencies inside an apartment located on Brookside drive in Westlands.

Police said the suspects would be charged once the investigation is concluded.